It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated you on “Inside the Mind of Ayn Rand” (IMAR), and if you’ve been wondering if something was going on, you’re right--exciting things!:
As you know, the goal of IMAR is to bring Rand’s extraordinary ideas to a wider public audience. This is also the goal of the movie version of Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged.” The first part of the trilogy was released last year and, as was just announced, Part Two is going into production and is slated for release in the Fall of 2012!
I am very pleased to tell you that I have officially joined the production team of “Atlas Shrugged, Part 2”! My job will be working to help ensure that Rand’s ideas are presented in a dramatic, cinematic and compelling manner. Specifically, the producers commissioned me to draft a screenplay that brings out the crucial themes of Rand’s novel. I have been working on the screenplay for several weeks and I’m happy to report that it will be completed soon. In addition, during the course of production and editing of the film, I will continue in an on-going role that might best be described as creative advisor, although details are still being worked out.
As you can imagine, I’m thrilled to be working on a second project that parallels the goals of “Inside the Mind of Ayn Rand”: to spread the ideas of Ayn Rand, especially at this critical time in our nation’s history.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, my work on the “Atlas Shrugged, Part 2” will delay completion of our documentary. While that does mean waiting longer to see IMAR, new opportunities have opened up for promotion, visibility, financing and other ongoing support that is essential to completing the film. With each release of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy, curiosity about Rand’s ideas is sure to grow. IMAR will be a more detailed and systematic non-fiction examination of the ideas presented in dramatic form in “Atlas”.
Please keep in mind that all first-phase pre-production of “Inside the Mind of Ayn Rand” has been completed. This is the part of this production that you made possible with your Kickstarter donations. Your support helped launch the first film project to present Ayn Rand’s ideas with both an independent and comprehensive approach.
All Kickstarter rewards have been shipped (other than rewards that must wait for the completion of the IMAR film, of course). The single exception is T-shirts. After long negotiations, we were unable to license the key art we planned to use on the shirts. We are already going forward on a new design and look forward to sending out the shirts in the near future.
I thank you once again for believing in what we are doing. I hope you share my excitement that there is now a second way to bring Rand’s ideas to a wide audience--one that that could potentially number in the millions.
“Inside the Mind of Ayn Rand” will move forward to completion as soon as humanly possible. I will continue to keep you updated. Film-making can be a marathon--often a grueling and harrowing one, and I’m honored to have your support through to the finish!
Atlas, Part 2 Link: http://blog.atlasshruggedmovie.com/2012/02/atlas-shrugged-part-2-officially.htmlAll the best,